Bursaries – TUC Educational Trust 2019/2020

The TUC Educational Trust was established in 1943 and awards a number of bursaries each academic year to members of TUC affiliated unions to study on the following courses.

TUC Educational Trust One Year Awards

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you.

One Year Awards bursaries, offered through the TUC Educational Trust, are available to students accepted onto the diploma at Northern College and Fircroft College.  Course subjects include: Labour Studies; History; Social Studies.

You may be able to study for free depending on your age and previous qualifications. Fees and funding support are available for eligible applicants. Information on advanced learning loans available can be obtained from the relevant college.

The TUC Educational Trust provides three individual additional bursaries of £925 to students who are offered a place on this course at the following colleges. If you wish to apply for a bursary you must first be offered a place on the course.

Course details

Fircroft College: https://www.fircroft.ac.uk/access

1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH

Northern College: https://www.northern.ac.uk/courses/access-to-he-diploma/

Wentworth Castle, Barnsley S75 3ET

Download the bursary application: One Year Award bursary application form

Clive Jenkins European Study Bursary

The TUC Educational Trust offers two bursaries of £800 each to enable trade union members to visit a European Union country in 2019/20. These bursaries are from a trust established by Clive Jenkins.

The purpose of the visit will be to study, first-hand, an aspect of trade unionism, industrial relations, training or employment and to write a report for TUC Education.

The bursaries are intended to cover travel and subsistence only - no funds are available for any loss of earnings. Applicants are required to plan their study project and to estimate costs. Preference will be given to study projects with clearly defined aims.

Download the bursary application: Clive Jenkins application form

The Ruskin College MA in Global Labour and Social Change

This MA tackles the challenges of globalisation of labour movements, especially union renewal and new forms of union democracy, organising and leadership.

The MA Global Labour and Social Change will be of use to anybody who wants to develop their ideas and practical skills for use in social change both in the UK or elsewhere. It will be specifically of interest to labour movement officers, organisers, activists and those working in the allied third sector in NGOs and community based organisations.

Whilst the MA retains a central focus on the future of organised labour to represent the interests of workers globally, the new programme explores the role of allied social movements in providing alternative and/or supplementary means to organise and represent the wide, diverse interests of labour and citizens.

Embedded throughout the MA is a recognition that in a rapidly changing networked and digital world, gender and other overlapping identities exercise a powerful influence on our individual and collective behaviours. Consequently, students will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach based on labour and development studies, global political economy and sociology delivered through radical and critical teaching and learning. This is rooted in the commitment of Ruskin College to self-development and the empowerment through education and learning, and is built into the MA as part of the learner journey. Students are required to reflect on this systematically and critically throughout the programme. A self-reflexive commentary, based on students’ personal journals forms part of a practice-based portfolio which concludes the assessment for the Professional Postgraduate Certificate stage of the MA.

The TUC Educational Trust can provide for three individual bursaries of £1000 (or two payments of £500 for each year of study for part-time students) who are offered a place on this course.

Download the bursary application: Ruskin College MA bursary application form


For further information about any of the bursaries offered please contact Julie Lawrence, Administrator TUC Education.

Email: [email protected] or telephone: 020 7467 1251

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The closing date for all applications is Friday 23 August 2019